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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo introduced its 14th Bishop Tuesday morning.

66 year-old Bishop Richard Malone of Portland Maine will take over as Bishop of Buffalo this month replacing Bishop Edward Kmiec who is retiring.

The Most Reverend's appointment was announced Monday at the Vatican.  Bishop Malone arrived in Buffalo Monday.

“My profound gratitude to our Holy Father, Benedict XVI, for his trust in me in appointing me to the See, this historic vibrant vibrancy of Buffalo.  I come to you happily and without any hesitation.  I look forward to being your neighbor, your friend, your brother, your bishop," Malone said at a news conference Tuesday morning.

Bishop Malone was ordained into priesthood in 1972 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

Bishop Malone’s first assignment was at St. Patrick Parish in Stoneham where he served as associate pastor.  During a voluntary leave of absence from parish ministry, he served as a member of the faculty at St. Clement High School in Somerville.

This afternoon Bishop Malone is in Buffalo meeting with diocese staff and visiting St. Joseph Cathedral, Catholic Charities and the Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna.  

Malone will officially replace Bishop Kmiec on August 10th 2012.

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